Ethics, Literature, and the Forms of Encounter
The Introduction identifies the persistent tension between eighteenth-century confidence in the possibility of knowing and being known by others and a corresponding, contemporaneous commitment to an idea of existential privacy or inwardness. The philosophical context and ethical implications of debates about sympathy define the background against which to read the complex phenomenology of romantic forms of intimacy. The overall argument of the book is situated within current critical debates on moral sentiment, romantic-era literature, and the rival places of brain sciences, phenomenology and formalism in humanistic studies.
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